Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “The Ones that Got Away” Seedpot
Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Many of her skills are ones that she learned from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a complex scene encompassing the entire surface. There are three primary areas of design. One section has a fisherman ready to spear a fish. The next has a bear with a fish in its paws. The third has a bird with a fish in its mouth. The fisherman not only doesn’t have a fish, but there aren’t even any depicted in the water around him. The bear and bird have the “ones that got away”! Note also how Susan has etched her pottery. The polished red is the surface, and then she often etches just the polished area away to reveal the matte red and the going deeper, there is the tan of the clay. It is very complicated and time consuming to etch in this manner! However, the results are exceptional. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay with her Tewa name, “Pho-sa-We”. It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.